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Have you heard of Gigacrete and is it any good?

...an (Haiti, Bahamas, US Virgin Islands) Nor is freeze-thaw an issue. There are Gigacrete houses in Alaska. The Gigacrete Building System is hurricane resistant a...

Posted by Sasha P Aug. 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

...and drywall for fire purposes, but I can't get straight answer from anybody on that...it's under 5 feet and so I'm told it's not required, while insurance compa...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

...ans it won’t wick water up, and your baseboard trim will cover the gap. You may also want to look into a sewage backup valve, and take steps to manage storm w...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...and once you have a better idea of what you want to get done and your budget we are more than happy to help, please write back, and separate any questions in di...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you do an update on Ecohome’s new demo house?

...an air/water heat exchanger for heating the hot water tank instead. Is the closed loop system maintained when diverting heat to the air/water heat exchanger for...

Posted by dean c Oct. 16, 2019, 2:04 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

How do you insulate a ceiling and finish it on the inside with wood?

...and-gravel, we have no insulation from the inside and our ceiling has a lovely beam and a frame. My husband wants to insulate the inside ceiling and add wooden ...

Posted by antonija klotz Oct. 20, 2019, 7:31 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

...anies have usggested we should remove the fibreglass insulation and replace it with spray foam insulation and then apply the vapour barrier and dry wall. We are...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...and so I installed a radostat that monitors radon levels and activates and HRV when the levels are too high . Hi Emmanuel! CAn this insulation be used on dirt...

Posted by sal Bellicoso Oct. 30, 2019, 4:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 2 Responses

What Should You Look For When Buying a Slab on Grade Home?

...an give me some tips/insight related to the age and geographic location of the house. Thanks in advance, Mike Buying an older home is always a tricky call, ...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 6, 2019, 7:29 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on using large flax straw bales (4x4) to build in Saskatchewan?

...and more compact (need less or no precompression). And what about footings? There can be more risk of insects and rodent infestations with stra w homes, but any...

Posted by Al Birchard Nov. 11, 2019, 12:56 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...anded polystyrene) panels . There are also companies that will take your building plans and create walls to match that can be delivered and assembled, that can ...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

Is an HRV or ERV system best in a cold climate?

...anywhere you can to avoid having to spend too much on solar panels . Passive House standards are sometimes overkill in certain climates, but certainly not for a...

Posted by Michael Duncan Nov. 14, 2019, 3:53 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Slab on Grade for House in Grand Rapids MI - Can I get Prefab form kits & Assistance easily?

...and Rapids MI and believe a slab on grade foundation is best suited. do you work here or can you supply a kit and assistance to a local builder? The house will ...

Posted by Greg Hooks Nov. 20, 2019, 3:35 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Are slab on grade foundations cheaper than a basement?

...and add an extra room - also, which is going to be more efficient to heat and keep cool? I'm near Portland Oregon - thanks! If the history of our website is an ...

Posted by Jason Nov. 21, 2019, 4:12 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

What's the best lumber for framing a house?

...an acronym for Canadian Lumber Standard , and it is manufactured using Kiln-dried fir, Pine or Spruce, depending on the part of Canada it came from. A CLS stamp...

Posted by Natalie Pierce Nov. 21, 2019, 8:26 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

...and I think you could really stand for a second opinion before you move ahead, please give us more details and we can help you get on the right track, so let us...

Posted by gary taube Dec. 11, 2019, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

Can hydronic radiant heating be a complete heating solution for a home?

...an at your head level (not by much, but a bit). So yes, radiant heat can heat an entire home when designed for it. And while a radiant system can provide the ...

Posted by Jeremy Peters Dec. 16, 2019, 1:13 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

What is the best way to deal with a drop ceiling in a high humidity room?

...and an outdoor deck above it. I believe it has Ice Water Shield or something similar (the roofer retired and cannot be found) and no exterior insulation and no ...

Posted by steve Roberts Dec. 24, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 1 Responses